The BBC has commissioned a new documentary focusing on Prince Charles to mark his 70th birthday on 14 November 2018.

Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 focuses on the Prince of Wales’ working life when he is taking on more duties with the Queen’s support, as she is now in her 90s.

Film-maker John Bridcut of Crux Productions had exclusive access to Prince Charles during the past twelve months at work and behind the scenes at home and abroad.

Photo: BBC Media Centre

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said, ‘It’s a real privilege to be given access to the Prince of Wales and those closest to him to mark his 70th birthday. This intimate documentary will offer a unique insight into his life and work and those who know him best.’

Prince Charles has been involved in public affairs for 50 years, speaking up for environmental and social issues, including plastic waste, global warming and lack of opportunities for young people.

He is filmed on working visits to County Durham, Cornwall and the Brecon Beacons and also at home at Highgrove in Gloucestershire and Birkhall in Aberdeenshire.

Viewers are taken behind the scenes at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018, with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, when Prince Charles was named as the next Head of the Commonwealth.

Those closest to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and his sons, the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, provide intimate insights into the man who will become king of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Commonwealth countries, including Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Princes William and Harry also discuss their upbringing and share their feelings about their father’s working life.

It’s a real privilege to be given access to the Prince of Wales and those closest to him to mark his 70th birthday. This intimate documentary will offer a unique insight into his life and work and those who know him best.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content

This documentary includes a stunning ceremonial welcome to Prince Charles at Vanuatu, during his investiture as High Chief, and his visit to three Caribbean countries struggling to recover following two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, one year ago.

This is a revealing and intimate portrait of Britain’s longest-serving heir to the throne, who still feels he has lots more to do.

Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore and Controller, BBC Factual Commissioning Alison Kirkham commissioned the one-hour documentary, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70

John Bridcut had previously worked with the Prince of Wales in previous documentaries including The Passionate Prince (2008), The Prince and the Composer (2011), and two film portraits of Queen Elizabeth for the BBC, Elizabeth at 90 (2016) and A Jubilee Tribute (2012).

Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 aired on BBC One at 9.00 pm on Thursday, 8 November 2018.

BBC Studios will be distributing the programme internationally overseas.

However, there are no details as yet when Prince, Son And Heir: Charles At 70 will air in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the US.


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